BOONAH high street shops, professional artists, a book keeper, and a web designer are among the latest business leaders in the Scenic Rim concerned enough about the direct impact that the changing climate is having on their businesses to take action.
The group held a breakfast meeting at The Story Tree cafe on October 30 where nine Boonah businesses took the Business 4 Climate Action "pledge" to declare a climate emergency in their own business, work towards carbon neutrality and seek further action on the climate from all levels of government.
The latest meeting brought the total number of businesses who have pledged in the Scenic Rim to 19.
Jo Davies from Yoga with Jo expressed her concern at the meeting.
"We are all in this climate crisis together, but it is exciting that together we are able to create a ripple effect," she said.
Organisers of the emerging grassroots Business 4 Climate Action said the group was a non-political non-membership collaboration of Scenic Rim businesses who were united in their desire to transition as soon as possible to a carbon-neutral business within their own business practices, as well as requesting this action from all levels of government.
The group was formed after this year's devastating and record-high spring temperatures, ongoing drought and bushfires which razed rainforest and Binna Burra, impacted business turnover and prompted the need for business to seek immediate action on climate change.
Innes Larkin of Mt Barney Lodge is spokesperson of B4CA, and at the meeting he set out the strategy for business to declare their own climate emergency.
B4CA spokesman Innes Larkin said focussing on this declaration sent a clear signal to all businesses in the Scenic Rim, and all levels of government that sustainability needs to be a priority and not an afterthought.
"Publicly declaring a climate emergency means that businesses are unafraid to be accountable, as they can demonstrate what action they are taking," he said.
"As local businesses declare a climate emergency, they are also able to lead others to take climate change seriously.
"The impact of this collaboration of businesses who have declared a climate emergency that is backed up with meaningful business actions sends a signal to government at all levels that climate action is of significant concern, and that government should also act with urgency.
"Businesses are also showing their understanding of the known science, and are taking meaningful action on it."
Mr Larkin challenged businesses at the end of the meeting.
"The question should not be, why declare a climate emergency? The question should be, why not?" he said.
The next B4CA meeting will be held in the Canungra Community at The Hub Café on November 14 at 7.30am.
Businesses can find out more about the event and register to attend on Facebook @Business4ClimateAction. Contact Tracey - 55443233.